Work with your neighbors to free victims from under debris or fallen furniture and to give first aid. Assemble a “Go-kit.” After any emergency, building occupants might need to shelter in place or move to a safe location on your property, potentially for days. Each October marks another Great California Shakeout, a month-long event designed to educate people about earthquake preparedness. Drop, Cover, and Hold On are the instructions for anyone participating in an earthquake drill. If you are on a sidewalk near a building, try to enter via the lobby, to avoid falling glass. Simulate actual earthquake conditions by asking employees to stay in the crouched safe position for a minute or longer. Conduct meetings after the drill to discuss possible ways to improve procedures and communications. While much of the focus on earthquakes centers on California and other western states, the need for earthquake preparedness is great throughout the country. Remember that safety is a daily priority, so be sure to think about disaster planning all of the time–not just during October. Following major disasters, it is entirely possible that first responders, who are first on scene to provide fire and medical services, will not be able to immediately meet the demand for services. In emergencies of all kinds, family members, friends, fellow employees, neighbors, and tenants spontaneously help each other. Later adopted by public agencies across the country, CERT training benefits those citizens who take it, as it prepares them to respond to and cope with the aftermath of disasters. Assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster. Complete a CERT program, take advantage of an interactive web-based class or search the FEMA website by zip code for classes taught on location.
Complete a CERT Train-the-Trainer (TTT) course conducted by a State Training Office for Emergency Management or the Emergency Management Institute, in order to learn the training techniques used by the LAFD.
Identify the program goals that CERT would meet and the resources necessary to conduct the program in your area. Seek approval from appointed and elected officials to use CERT as a means to prepare citizens to care for themselves during a disaster, when services may not be adequate. In recognition for training completion, CERT members should receive ID cards, vests and helmets. We hope that this blog post will help you take steps to prepare yourself for potential disasters, and that you might consider starting or joining a CERT in your area.
The recent newsworthy earthquakes in Napa, California, in Chile, and off the coast of northern Japan, earlier this month, are sobering reminders that it is always prudent to prepare for major shakers. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted annually by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, which encourages households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. Identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
What is the advice and plans for sheltering and evacuation for the hazards that may impact the community? Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on establishing family connections in any emergency preparedness plan. And since they happen without warning, well in advance, you have to identify the hazards around you. Before a Quake: Evaluate your work and home environment and diligently strive to eliminate all potential hazards. If you’re in an elevator, sit on the floor, against the wall, and wait for the shaking to stop. If you are inside a building, move away from windows, pictures, and glass partitions to keep yourself out of reach of flying glass.
Drop to the ground and duck under a safe, sturdy desk, table or other sturdy object so you are safe from falling debris. Hold on and be prepared to move along with the furniture, which could be jostled during the shaking. If you can’t find anything to quickly duck under, sit with your back against an interior wall. Since most people are killed and injured in earthquakes because they are hit with falling objects outside, DO NOT RUN OUTSIDE!
If you are in a high-rise building, floor wardens will be surveying damage, setting up a triage area and collecting resources, listening to emergency radio reports for instructions and dealing with associated debris that could interfere with safe evacuation. If you are outside when the quake hits, find a clear area away from anything that could potentially fall.
Do not move seriously injured people or provide medical care beyond your level of training, unless their location puts them in immediate danger. If you are unsure whether you should stay or go, wait to evacuate until you have been instructed to do so by emergency personnel. Before opening any doors, use the back of your hand to check for signs of fire-such as heat emanating from doors. DO NOT attempt to reenter the building until officials tell you it is safe to do so by facility personnel or emergency responders.
When a disaster strikes, prior planning and clear decisive action can help save lives. The best way to prepare for severe weather is to be aware.
Great American ShakeOut Drills are scheduled across the country in earthquake-vulnerable areas throughout the entire month of October.
If you are sitting at a desk or table, seek refuge under it and hold on until the shaking stops. Be aware that fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire. Find a clear spot away from buildings, power lines, trees and streetlights and drop to the ground until the shaking stops. If in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. The Red Cross has prepared a detailed booklet to help you take special precautions to protect yourself during an earthquake.
The free American Red Cross Earthquake App for iPhone and Android and provides instant access to local and real-time information, which is crucial for emergency decision-making. Earthquake epicenter location, impact magnitude and local geographical impact data provided by the U.S.
The Earthquake App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android.
Although hundreds of earthquakes strike the world at any given moment, we are all aware that, one day, the “Big One” may hit. Kids and adults from schools, businesses, professional organizations, government agencies, neighborhoods and households all across California will take part in what is the largest earthquake drill in the world, designed to train people how to safely react and recover quickly in case a major earthquake strikes California. ShakeOut founder Mark Benthien is Director of Communication, Education, and Outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) at the University of Southern California, and Executive Director of the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA).

Los Angeles at Union Station will host the Traveling Red Table, which was created by the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) and American Red Cross (Red Cross) will highlight the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety, with emphasis on ShakeOut registration to run-through’s of the fifth step – how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” when the ground shakes.
The CSUN ShakeOut Festival including a Preparedness Fair, will be held from 9 am – 1 pm, at the NE corner of Sierra Quad in Los Angeles County. Earthquake preparedness fair held from 9 am to 1 pm on CSUN’s Sierra Quad complete with informative booths, demonstrations, handouts, and prizes.
San Diego’s Santa Fe Station, which will focus on what to do if you are on public transportation when a major earthquake strikes. In San Francisco, a Union Square ShakeOut press event will feature a choreographed ShakeOut flash dance, culminating in a mass Drop, Cover and Hold On demonstration. Preparation messages remind Californians to secure their space, create disaster and communications plans, collect and organize disaster supplies, and take steps to safeguard their finances by strengthening their property and considering earthquake insurance. Survival messages provide correct techniques for immediate Drop, Cover and Hold On responses when the earth starts shaking – and what to do when the shaking stops to improve safety by helping the injured, preventing further damage, and evacuating from tsunami zones. Recovery strategies include how to restore daily live by reconnecting with others, repairing damage and rebuilding our communities. ShakeOut is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance, a partnership of the Southern California Earthquake Center, California Emergency Management Agency, USGS, California Earthquake Authority, the American Red Cross, and many others. Based on all of the natural and manmade disasters that have been taking place lately, it seems particularly fitting that September is National Preparedness Month.
The RJWestmore Online Training System provides emergency preparedness to tenants of high rise commercial buildings across the country. Over the years, we have devoted 169 RJWestmore blog posts to the topic of disaster preparation and emergency management. Make a list of people who could potentially take care of your pet in your neighborhood as well as outside the area where you live, in case you are away from home when earthquakes strike. Crate (Some manufacturers make soft-sided, easy-to-store crates for travel.) Make sure ID tags and licenses are up to date. Monitor news stations for reports of disaster and evacuation orders, and release of those orders. IMO, it seems like the door is more for protection from falling stuff (books, ceiling tiles, picture frames, etc.) rather than building debris. So maybe the first resolution you should make this year is to keep the resolutions you make! Where safety is concerned, consider the steps you took to be safe in 2015 as well as the emergencies that arose, so you can identify emergency strengths and weaknesses. Review your earthquake preparedness plan, making sure that evacuation routes are clear and furniture, boilers and water heaters are secure. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking equipment is the leading cause of fires that start at home.
The important components of a go-kit are one gallon of water per person, for three days, non-perishable food, flashlights, medications, first-aid kit, whistle, hand-crank or battery-operated radio (and extra batteries) and emergency blankets.
IT security experts predict 2016 will bring an increase in cybersecurity threats such as ransoming, cloud infiltration, identity theft, and advanced phishing. Held annually in California, and many other states, The Great Shakeout offers expert resources and an earthquake drill that happens at exactly the same time all across the state. It’s safer to be inside a structure, especially with the associated risk of falling glass and other debris that might shake loose during the quake. These include drill manuals for business owners, which offer tips for creating and conducting preparedness drills. For example, the Shakeout is a great time to make sure your high-rise building’s Floor Wardens understand their job relative to emergency preparedness and disaster management.
Factors contributing to a potential backup of emergency workers and the public’s inability to successfully reach 911 could include: the number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages. Thankfully, history has shown that people usually rise to the occasion when major disasters strike. County City Fire Department (LAFD) developed and implemented a formal program for emergency citizen training they called the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Since 1993, CERT training has been made available nationally by FEMA, and is now offered in communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico. The seven-week course is followed by full-day biannual refresher drills, and an opportunity to assist the LAFD at local incidents.
Naturals for CERT are community groups, business and industry workers, and local government workers. To find a team or pursue CERT training, enter your zip code in the Citizen Corps section of the FEMA website. Since September is National Preparedness Month, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is partnering with communities in Arizona, California, Nevada and Hawaii to encourage families, individuals and businesses to act now to increase preparedness for emergencies of every type throughout the U.S. One of the key messages is to be prepared in the event of an emergency, which includes making plans to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services. If you are aware of the potential emergencies that could strike your region, you will be better prepared during and after such an event. Your kit should include a collection of basic items your household members would need in the event of an emergency. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately.
A variety of activities and events are planned each year to commemorate National Preparedness Month. In the event of an earthquake, the elevator should temporarily stop and then move to the nearest floor, where the doors will open. With 23.2 million people in America scheduled to participate, the events encourage people to be well prepared so they know what to do if they ever experience an earthquake. Whether you opt to register for a ShakeOut event in your region or take steps to prepare your tenants, family or employees, take steps to make sure you are prepared to survive and recover quickly from the next big earthquake!
The ECA coordinates the California ShakeOut and SCEC coordinates with ShakeOut regions across the U.S.
This year marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Disasters of all kinds occur virtually everywhere, every second of every hour of every day.
Online modules such as fire, earthquakes and bomb threats equip building occupants so they know how to quickly and safely respond to virtually any disaster…be it manmade or natural.
Are you ready for tomorrow?” In other words, we don’t know what type disaster might occur tomorrow.
To celebrate National Preparedness Month, why not read through a few to refresh your memory and motivate you to take action? Identifying alternative housing for your pets will ensure their safe relocation during an evacuation. Try to get them on a regular schedule as soon as possible after earthquake or other emergency. The article states, “the owners of more than 6,000 buildings were asked a year ago to have an architect or engineer fill out a basic screening form about the property. In the event that chunks of building come crashing down, neither the concept door nor the classic door frame will be much protection.

If your building is located in an earthquake-prone area such as Southern California, use this interactive map to see if your building is located on an active fault line.
As for nonresidential buildings, the most recent available data from FEMA (for 2013) suggests the leading reported causes of fires are cooking, followed by arson, carelessness and heating equipment. Our interactive, building-specific e-learning training system motivates and rewards building occupants instantly! The ground during an earthquake is unstable, so you could potentially injure yourself if you move around too much. In fact, a massive quake in 1812 reportedly caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards.
For these reasons, it is likely that in virtually any major emergency, people will need to rely on each other to meet immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs. Such was the case recently in the Mexico City earthquake, where untrained volunteers heroically stepped up to save 800 people.
Shortly thereafter, the Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide potential for a major disaster in California. Many communities  tap graduates of the program to form teams of individuals who can be recruited and further trained as volunteer auxiliary responders. To this end, trainers should offer periodic refresher sessions to reinforce basic training.
People are further encouraged to prepare for the possibility of the unavailability of immediate response from agencies such as police, fire or rescue. In other words, if you live in an area where tornadoes strike, take steps to prepare for tornadoes. If you own a business, make sure you get everyone in your firm involved in the effort to prepare. When a disaster of any kind strikes, prior planning and clear decisive action can help save lives.
Choosing our service cuts property management training-related costs by 90% and saves you over 50% compared to conventional training! Choosing our service cuts property management training related workloads by 90% and saves you over 50% compared to conventional training! Registration has reached nine million participants for this year’s Great California ShakeOut, to be held across the state of California on Oct. The epicenter of ShakeOut-related activities will be held at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands and will feature emergency equipment, emergency responders and earthquake preparedness educational activities. Additional people and organizations in many other states and countries are also registering independent drills. In total, more than 15 million people will practice earthquake safety in 2012 as part of the various ShakeOut drills. If you would like to check out up-to-the minute disasters, you can download apps for your phone or mobile device, or check out free online resources from the CDC, FEMA and Ready.Gov.
So, if you own or manage commercial property, you can take advantage of the RJW system and enjoy peace of mind about emergency preparation and recovery for everyone who lives or works in your building. Agree in advance how the exchange would happen and provide written authority for them to act on your behalf. Pets with microchips are more likely to be safely returned to their owners in times of emergency. In an emergency, your pet could be placed with other animals that could be harboring illness. During an emergency it will be critical that your dog obeys you and can be housed cooperatively with other animals or people. Try to protect them from frightening experiences and monitor them closely when they interact with other animals or people, particularly children. This initiative is based on the reality that "One Can Make a Difference." That means you and me!
Buck the trend of focusing your goals on popular resolutions involving weight, money and relationships in favor of resolving to be safe. For suggestions about preparing exit routes and creating a fire prevention plan, check out the emergency evacuation fact sheet on the OSHA website.
Prominently display safety guidelines for heating food, reporting suspicious behavior and carefully dealing with electricity and open flames. Learn best practices to prevent cybersecurity breaches, such as using strong passwords, limiting access to key employees, and regularly installing software updates and patches that can plug security holes. It’s a convenient and affordable solution to all of the training needs of your facility, cuts property management training related workloads by 90% and saves building owners and managers over 50% compared to conventional training!
The next alternative is to move to the corner of a room and place your hands over your head.
A 7.3 quake struck South Carolina in 1896, and remains the strongest East Coast quake in recorded history. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notes, unfortunately, 100 of those people lost their lives in so doing.
It further confirmed the need to train civilians to meet immediate emergency-associated needs. CERT teams can also sponsor events such as drills, picnics, neighborhood clean-ups, and disaster education fairs.
If you live near a fault line, make sure you understand how to prepare for an earthquake, etc. Our system offers a convenient and affordable solution to all of the training needs of your building(s).
Review and update the plan annually using a date that is easy to remember (like your pet’s birthday or annual vaccination appointment). The time has come to change our houses structure to make it more secure in case when the huge earthquake strikes Los Angeles. 15 and 90% of owners complied.”( LA has a lot of catch up to do in making buildings earthquake-safe). The good news is that many accidental deaths and injuries are preventable, through proper emergency training.
Our system allows property management companies to manage one site or an entire portfolio, with all users in the same system. This will be the fifth annual earthquake drill, which is designed to inspire people to “DROP, COVER & HOLD ON in case of an earthquake. Earthquakes cause buildings to collapse and in some cases people get injured leading to death; therefore, we need to change this situation by securing the building structures. In order for the City of Los Angeles to know  the amount of securement a building has, Mayor Eric Garcetti has an idea of issuing a letter grade system in which allows the community to view and know how safe the building is.
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